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A religion without the element of mystery would not be a religion at all. Edwin Lewis

It is doubtless true that religion has been the world’s psychiatrist throughout the centuries. Karl Menninger

Most men’s anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them care for. George Savile, Marquess de Halifax

Most sermons sound to me like commercials — but I can’t make out whether God is the Sponsor or the Product. Mignon McLaughlin

If I were personally to define religion, I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstances. Theodore Dreiser

I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every Christian wears for his principal jewel a thorn plucked from the crown of more than eighteen hundred years ago. James Lendall Basford (1845–1915)

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Philosophy is the love of wisdom: Christianity is the wisdom of love. Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

True prophets sometimes, false prophets always, have fanatical adherents. Marie Dubsky

Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God. Pope Francis

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Seneca the Younger

No man treats a motor car as foolishly as he treats another human being. When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behavior to sin, he does not say, “You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go.” He attempts to find out what is wrong and set it right. Bertrand Russell

My religious position: I think that God could do a lot better, and I’m willing to give Him the chance. Mignon McLaughlin





For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus Christ

I am a spiritual person in an eastern religion kind of way. I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today. Tom Ford

Religion often gets credit for curing rascals when old age is the real medicine. Austin O’Malley

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If there were no God, there would be no Atheists. G.K. Chesterton

Religion is speculation pretending to be revelation. Dr. Idel Dreimer

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. Mahatma Gandhi

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Swami Vivekananda

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. Buddha

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. Abraham Lincoln

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Soren Kierkegaard

There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion. Malala Yousafzai

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A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. Francis Bacon

There is a story, which is fairly well known, about when the missionaries came to Africa. They had the Bible and we, the natives, had the land. They said “Let us pray,” and we dutifully shut our eyes. When we opened them, why, they now had the land and we had the Bible. Desmond M. Tutu

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes. James Feibleman

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. Pearl S. Buck

Religion: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. Ambrose Bierce

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We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. Dalai Lama

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths. Muhammad Ali

Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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The churches must learn humility as well as teach it. George Bernard Shaw, St. Joan

I know not your decree to keep the Sabbath day holy. Go tell it to the brook. It will chortle at your implied desecration of the other six. Muriel Strode (1875–1964)

I considered atheism, but there weren’t enough holidays. Author Unknown

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A religion can no more afford to degrade its Devil than to degrade its God. Havelock Ellis

This is a little prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight’s last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. George Carlin

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Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. Mahatma Gandhi

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. Buddha

It is my goal to love everyone. I hate no one. Regardless of their race, religion, their proclivities, the desire of their heart and how they want to live their life and the decisions that they make. I can even respect people’s decisions and lifestyle choices just as I hope they have the courtesy to respect my decisions and my choices. Kirk Cameron

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson

So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Jesus Christ

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It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all. Denis Diderot

How many observe Christ’s Birth‑day! How few his Precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than commandments. Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)

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Is it not strange that men are so glad to fight for religion and so reluctant to live according to its precepts? Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799)

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. C.C. Colton (1780–1832)

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinthes, 1962

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All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Edgar Allan Poe

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity. B. R. Ambedkar

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt

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Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity. Roger Ebert

Most people are defined by their titles, their cars, their house, where they came from, their color, their race, their religion. And so it’s up to you to take control of your own life and define you. As long as you understand who you are and you have a solid foundation of understanding what your talents are, what your skills are. Stedman Graham

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Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. John Morley



In church, sacred music would make believers of us all — but preachers can be counted on to restore the balance. Mignon McLaughlin

Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven. Mark Twain

Traveler: “God has been mighty good to your fields, Mr. Farmer.”
Farmer: “You should have seen how he treated them when I wasn’t around.”
Author Unknown

I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. Doug McLeod

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It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. Helen Keller

It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words? Dwight L. Moody

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Religion that is contained only within a church building is a weekend hobby, not a personal faith. James Lankford

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. B. R. Ambedkar

The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world – including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced. Ellen Willis

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There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave. Louis Kronenberger

All religion is bunk; it may be helpful bunk, comforting bunk, or, in some cases, necessary bunk. It is still bunk, nonetheless. Dr. Idel Dreimer

The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles? John Adams

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. Michel de Montaigne, translated

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Moral: a peerless maxim enumerated by God in his Holy Bible, such as that of Deut. 23:1, if your testicles are crushed or your male member missing, you must never enter a sanctuary of the Lord. Donald Morgan

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I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace. Muhammad Ali

A society whose members are united by the fact that they think in the same way in regard to the sacred world and its relations with the profane world, and by the fact that they translate these common ideas into common practices, is what is called a Church. In all history, we do not find a single religion without a Church. Emile Durkheim

There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things. Dwight L. Moody

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. Napoleon Bonaparte

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. Henry David Thoreau

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I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. Joe Mullally

According to science, the universe began as a swirl of gas that, as it cooled, spun off the Ten Commandments. Robert Brault

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism. William James

God — of course — is not real. He is just an idea, an illusion. But here is the troubling question: Is such an illusion essential to the success of the tribe? Is the competitive universe a place where a rational tribe must always succumb to one driven by a blind — but determined — collective insanity? Dr. Idel Dreimer

But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most? Mark Twain

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The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security. Haile Selassie

In thinking about religion and society in the 21st century, we should broaden the conversation about faith from doctrinal debates to the larger question of how it might inspire us to strengthen the bonds of belonging that redeem us from our solitude, helping us to construct together a gracious and generous social order. Jonathan Sacks

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Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming. Vaclav Klaus

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Pope John Paul II

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass

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What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak. George Santayana

Scriptures: the sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based. Ambrose Bierce

“I refuse to prove that I exist” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith, I am nothing.” “Oh,” says man, “but the Babel Fish is a dead give-away, isn’t it? It proves You exist, and so therefore You don’t. Q.E.D.” “Oh, I hadn’t thought of that,” says God, who promptly vanishes in a puff of logic. Douglas Adams

There are ten church members by inheritance for every one by conviction. Author Unknown

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A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle. Latin Proverb

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Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have a sense of humor, masturbate, don’t judge people by their religion, color or sexual habits, love life and your family. Madonna Ciccone

Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God. Radhanath Swami

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama

Religion is a fashionable substitute for Belief. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. Stephen Roberts

I’m not religious, but I like God and he likes me. Tony Kushner

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? Douglas Adams

No creed can be stretched to the size of truth; no church can be made as large as man. Lemuel K.

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. David Hume

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. Thomas Jefferson

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I didn’t know I had a quarrel with him. Henry Thoreau in answer to the question, “Have you made your peace with God?”

In some awful, strange, paradoxical way, atheists tend to take religion more seriously than the practitioners. Jonathon Miller

I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. George Carlin

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Thomas Jefferson

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther

Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony. Ludwig Wittgenstein

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons. Dietrich Bonhoeffer